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Edinburgh Gin

Is Edinburgh Gin an ethical spirits brand?

Distilled in the Scottish capital where it gets its namesake from, Edinburgh Gin is owned by Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd.

Unfortunately, Edinburgh Gin does not quite reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark and within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Spirits sector, it is a below-benchmark brand.

Although it currently has a below-benchmark score, The Good Shopping Guide still recommends that Edinburgh Gin get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After receiving its application, we would assess Edinburgh Gin before offering it some advice on how to improve its score.

Would you like to see how Edinburgh Gin ranks against other brands within the Ethical Spirits sector? Visit the Spirits Ethical Ratings Table. Our Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to meet to achieve reaching our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow the example set by our top-rated brands and adopt more sustainable policies.

What does Edinburgh Gin receive a top rating for?

Due to its lack of negative records, Edinburgh Gin receives a top rating for Political Donations and Public Record Criticisms.

Does Edinburgh Gin have an Environmental Report?

Ian Macleod, Edinburgh Gin’s parent brand has a ‘Positive Impact’ page which contains a link to a ‘Protecting Our Environment’ page. However, this page does not relate to Edinburgh Gin and contains a small amount of information.

Because of the lack of information and relevance, Edinburgh Gin receives a bottom rating for The Good Shopping Guide’s Environmental Report category.

What can Edinburgh Gin do to improve its score? 

Edinburgh Gin’s score within The Good Shopping Guide is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

Even though it does not yet reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark, we still suggest that Edinburgh Gin apply for Ethical Accreditation. If it applied, The Good Shopping Guide would be able to provide Edinburgh Gin with some tips on how to work on its bottom scores so that its position could rise on the Spirits Ethical Ratings Table.

Would your Spirits brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Spirits sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like more information on how your brand can cut through the greenwash, contact us or fill out a rapid initial sustainability assessment form.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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